Tulips keep up home front with win over Ravens

Tom Waumsley heads the winning goal for Spalding Utd v Coalville Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Tom Waumsley heads the winning goal for Spalding Utd v Coalville Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field was a place for hardcore Spalding United fans only as they bagged their fifth league win of the season with a 2-1 result against Coalville Town.

Tulips boss Pat Rayment admitted afterwards that his side had changed their playing style as a result of Division One South intelligence which suggested that other teams have devised a strategy to keep the likes of Andy Tidswell and company quiet.

But in truth, it was Coalville who played the neater football which could have caused Spalding problems had their opponents not developed a habit of playing a chance-destroying final ball that, more often than not, proved to be their undoing.

The dangerous Jack Farmer threatened to show up Spalding on seven minutes when his right wing cross deserved better from midfielder Ben Saunders who could only direct his header wide.

At the other end, Jamie Thurlbourne looked like leading the home side into the frame of mind needed to see off their mid-table opponents when his cross in front of the Ravens goal was begging to be tucked home.

Coalvile tried to unlock Spalding’s defence with intricate passing, but without the final touch ever being applied.

Then on 37 miunutes, referee Chris Hunter missed an ideal opening to play the advantage when Mitch Griffiths was tripped and the ball ran through to Tidswell who only had the Ravens keeper to beat.

Instead, the referee pulled play back for a free kick which Griffths blasted straight into the wall.

The game then produced a perfect illustration of the fine margins in footbal when, firstly, Coalville had a free kick which was nearly glanced past Michael Duggan in the Tulips goal.

Just seconds later though, Tidswell latched onto a through-ball and rounded Sean Bowles to net his 11th goal of the season.

Tidswell almost turned supplied for a second before the break when he directed a ball back into the Coalville box, before Dan Edwards hit the post for the Ravens after a sliderule pass from Saunders.

But Coalville did level it up on 63 minutes when Craig Marshall headed in a perfectly flighted Farmer cross after poor marking from Spalding.

However, six minutes later Spalding were back in front when substitute Tom Waumsley sneaked past his marker to head home a Griffiths cross that stung the visitors.

Coalville subssitute Tendai Chitiza will have nightmares about his chance to equalise when a cross by Saunders reached him, only for Duggan to turn his shot round the post for a corner.

In the end, Spalding were given a real scare by Coalville in a game that showed just how unpredictable this league can be.